The above is really the core of this question... It's not always easy to figure out -
- which devices should be connected on USB 2.0 (because there is a speed benefit) and
- which devices can just as well be connected on USB 1.1 (because they don't need much speed).
Why this question:
Some computers don't have enough USB 2.0 ports to support all our devices:
- Some computers have USB 2.0 in the rear but only USB 1.1 in the front, for whatever reasons.
- Some computers that were originally USB 1.1 have been upgraded to USB 2.0.
- Most of us have USB devices that support or require USB 2.0, and some that are fine with the lower speed of USB 1.x.
So some of the peripherals would have to make do on lower speeds -- but which ones?? Obviously a digital camera should be on USB 2.0 to get the best transfer rates. A wireless keyboard can just as well be on USB 1.1 because nobody can type at 480 Mbps. How about a printer? How about an HD webcam? That's what this question is about! (Note: USB 3.0 is emerging, and of course the same question applies there.)
I'll make this a community wiki because there won't be one single definite answer.